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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

Robert June 10, 2012 0

The Napa Valley Wine Train has been a tourist attraction for almost 25 years.  It takes up to 370 passengers on a three hour, 36 mile round-trip journey between Napa and St. Helena, along a

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Balloon Ride over Napa Valley

Balloon Ride over Napa Valley

Robert June 10, 2012 0

A must-do activity when visiting the Napa Valley is a hot air balloon ride.  We did ours with a company called Balloons Above the Valley.  The winds and weather tend to be most amenable

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Review: Gott’s Roadside, Napa

Review: Gott’s Roadside, Napa

Robert June 8, 2012 0

At each end of the Napa Valley there is a Gott’s Roadside restaurant – one in St. Helena and one in Napa.  We ate at the Napa location on First Street, next to the

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Review: Bottega, Yountville, Napa Valley

Review: Bottega, Yountville, Napa Valley

Robert June 7, 2012 0

Our last full evening in Napa Valley was spent at Bottega, an Italian restaurant owned by Chef Michael Chiarello.  Bottega didn’t quite have the same relaxed atmosphere that most of Napa has.  It was

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Review: Angele, Napa, Napa Valley

Review: Angele, Napa, Napa Valley

Robert June 7, 2012 0

We arrived in Napa at almost 9pm, so dinner options were limited.  In the same building as our hotel (The Napa River Inn) are two restaurants – Celadon and Angele.  Angele had an opening,

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Review: Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Napa Valley

Review: Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Napa Valley

Robert June 7, 2012 0

The impossibility of getting a reservation at The French Laundry made getting one at Bouchon Bistro a requirement.  Bouchon is also owned by Chef Thomas Kellor.  It is a French restuarant in food, appearance,

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Review: Mustards Grill, Yountville, Napa Valley

Review: Mustards Grill, Yountville, Napa Valley

Robert June 6, 2012 0

Outside of the town area of Yountville, right on the Saint Helena Highway is Mustards Grill.  Self advertised as upscale trucker food, Mustards Grill offers common American fare but done in a sophisticated way and served with

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Review: REDD, Yountville, Napa Valley

Review: REDD, Yountville, Napa Valley

Robert June 6, 2012 0

Midway up the Napa Valley is a little town called Yountville, that is home to so many amazing restaurants, including the world renowned The French Laundry.  Some are owned by celebrity chefs, such as

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Review: The Salt Lick BBQ, Austin, Texas

Review: The Salt Lick BBQ, Austin, Texas

Robert November 14, 2011 1

The Salt Lick is located in Driftwood, Texas, about 25 miles southwest of Austin.  Even though it’s out in the middle of nowhere and has a vast seating area, the Salt Lick fills up

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Gloucester Arms, Kensington, London, England

Gloucester Arms, Kensington, London, England

Robert October 17, 2011 0

At 34 Gloucester Road, in Kensington, London, is a pub called the Gloucester Arms.  It is one of the Taylor-Walker line of pubs.  It might be easy to think of Taylor-Walker pubs as the

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